blow·​hard ˈblō-ˌhärd How to pronounce blowhard (audio)
plural blowhards
: an arrogantly and pompously boastful or opinionated person : braggart, windbag
… was trapped in a hellish marriage to … a struttingly insensitive macho blowhard.Owen Gleiberman
But he was seen by many in Congress as a blowhard, given to long-winded talks bristling with allusions to the Bible, ancient history, and the Constitution.Thomas E. Ricks

Examples of blowhard in a Sentence

a politician who is the stereotypical backslapping blowhard a blowhard who always had to act like she was better than anyone else
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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blowhard was in 1848

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“Blowhard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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